Ninety miles north of Atlanta in Murray County, the sheriff’s Office made the discovery when they went to a home for a welfare check.
According to reports, Thursday morning at 11:00, Murray County deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a child had been left alone. The deputy was met at the door by a girl and an adult female. Since the deputy saw there was adult supervision, he left. Later that day, the same personal called 911 again asking for help again. This time, the deputy went inside and found an 11-year-old boy with special needs in a makeshift cage. Another child, an 8-year-old girl, was also found at the home.
The child’s mother, Stephanie Stone, and Wanda Sue Redfern have been charged with false imprisonment and cruelty to children. An additional third person was charged with possession of methamphetamine. All three remain in custody, and no bond has been set at this time.
Law enforcement confirms that the Division of Family and Children Services “had been involved with this family”.
A second cage was found inside the home. Authorities believe the girl was kept there at some point. In an 11:00 press conference, investigators said the cages were modified beds held together with zip-ties and wooden slats.
In 30 years GBI investigator has been in law enforcement, he says he's never seen anything like this case.
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According to law enforcement, the Division of Family and Children Services “had been involved with this family.” They also said the boy’s cage was made from two twin beds held together with zip-ties and wooden slats. The other cage consisted of wooden bed frames with added wooden pieces and metal shelving.
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